Posted in Travels

A bit of glitz n glamor? 

Our trip to LA didn’t go quite as planned, I had this preconceived notion and n my mind of what I was going to see and what I would enjoy and I was very wrong.  My intention on the day we went to Beverly Hills and Hollywood was to walk Rodeo drive, have a nice breakfast and coffee and then walk to Sunset strip, see Hollywood and head into LA early afternoon because there just wasn’t going to be that much of interest to me in Hollywood.  So wrong! 

I was a little right about Rodeo drive but that’s more about me than anything else, I am easily intimidated and felt very uncomfortable in my walking shoes in such a fancy place,  we really enjoyed breakfast though it was such a lovely restaurant and I did enjoy that I was there and seeing it.  I do love this picture it shows me in all my daggy glory standing amongst so much glamor 😌 

We walked the street and the one that runs parallel as well, then started our 20min. Wander up to Hollywood.  Hahaha yes so it’s name should have been a giveaway but needless to say I didn’t heed the warnings.  Hills, nice big steep hills, however the houses and the streets are delightful and it was a nice walk through past some very impressive homes,  who knows I may have glanced in the windows of celebrity on that walk.. 

By the time we made it to Sunset strip and Hollywood we were ready for lunch and beers,  the view was spectacular but not easily captured by photos. 

We wandered down sunset boulevard, found a cute place for lunch, I took a picture of the menu because our sweet potato fries came with marshmallow dressing and we weren’t sure what that was,  again it’s in the name, it was actually marshmallow sauce,  we couldn’t decide if we liked it or not but we ate a bit of it trying to figure that out. 

There were loads of cool places to see as we walked through we took our time and just enjoyed taking it all in. 

By the time we made it to Hollywood boulevard it was mid afternoon,  I really didn’t think the stars on the sidewalk would capture me the way that they did,  it was surreal to be there looking at them,  touching them, finding all our favourites.  I was quite mesmerised by them. 

I was in search of the worlds best candy store, what I read on Pinterest said there would be umpa lumpas there and I was trying to make sure I didn’t step over any superstars whilst ensuring I didn’t walk past the candy store.   I was a little disappointed by the unexplained Umpa Lumpa absence, but it was still worth the find.  

We decided from here that we weren’t making it to LA and instead became focused on the ‘Hollywood’ sign, I got side tracked by a huge display advertising The Mummy movie,  it just screamed overkill but I absolutely LovedIt. 

And then as I was admiring the movie posters I saw it in the distance, my first glimpse of the Hollywood sign. 

We wandered a bit more after this through the streets, found a place for some eats and a nice drink and then tossed up walking the 3.5km to ‘the best view of the Hollywood sign.’  We decided to jump in an Uber and I’m so glad we did because that walk was straight up, steep skinny windy roads we would have been miserable if we had attempted that walk,  instead we had a great Uber driver take us up and then a really nice Uber lady took us back to the hotel after,  she was loads of fun. 

She had #ridesharedoodle pad which I tried to draw in but I have zero talent with this stuff so my lame picture is as per below. 

It really was a very long and very memorable day and I learnt that I need to open my mind to new things,  my preconceived ideas of what things will be is proven to be quite far from what they actually are.  

Hollywood boulevard was excited, fun and full of energy I just wanted to sit and watch it all afternoon and evening. 

Posted in Travels

Time to travel 

I have been quiet I know I tend to do that, just get too busy going through the motions and I forget that I want to capture those little things, progress, small wins, challenges etc. 

And travel,  I love sharing when I get to travel because I thing there is no experience quite like it.  Paul and I have just returned from a US trip,  we saw LA, Vegas and San Franscisco, it was a great holiday with lots of firsts and plenty to keep us busy everyday of the 17 days we were there so I wanted to put together something to help me remember. 

It was Paul’s birthday the day we fly out of Brisbane airport and because of time difference it was still lunchtime on his Birthday when we arrived at LAX I think he got about 20 Happy Birthdays out of me over that time I was so grateful for the end of that first day.   We stayed in Anaheim for our LA visit at the Wyndham 5 min from Disneyland.  We went down to watch the fireworks the night we arrived -for Paul’s Birthday- but after waiting we’ll past time we were told they weren’t on for the next few days.  Paul was a little disappointed so we stopped for a drink in our way back to the hotel to brighten his mood. 

We spent a day at Disneyland, I couldn’t believe the number of people there on just a Thursday, and the lines, it was a kind of insanity how long people are willing to wait, even for food, not just rides.  I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would,  I didn’t go on anything but there was so much happening all the time everywhere and so much fun and colour and so much to look at.  It was a perfect day and Paul got to go on space mountain (?) so he was very happy.  We went back after dinner for the light parade which was fabulous (I just LOVE Petes dragon -Elliot) and then we wandered through the Park again to see it all at night.  I just adored Toontown and it’s a small world, they really brought Toontown to life with quirky little gimmicks.  The weights in the ground, the post office and the jail. It was just adorable. 

Alice in wonderlands Tea cup ride,  I adore everything Alice in wonderland and I just love the colours and the whimsy of this one. 
Of course the Disney Castle a cinematic icon 

I had no intention of including Disneyland on our itinerary as I don’t do rides and I’m not 8 years old but a friend told me I was absolutely mad to miss it and I’m so glad I listened, I adored everything about the place it was filled with crazy colourful happiness and I loved it. 

Posted in Personal development

Bit of an update 

On the 9th of April I posted my weekend of realisation and I thought I’d give a little update for a few weeks later.  

I am feeling good,  I feel like I have control of my own world again,  I am focused, motivated and basically happy. 

 I have control over my exercise routine this is week 3 of making my workouts a priority and I am very proud of that.  I was doing them before but now I’m doing them with attitude. 

I am regaining my control over my food choices, for too long I would just eat and now I am eating with purpose and intent.  I don’t have my meal planning quite on track but I am eating regular good food and tracking what I consume which highlights my opportunities. 

With these 2 key areas of my life back under my control,  my clothes feel better on me (I ditched the fat pants this week finally) my body feels more settled and less upset and my mind is more alert and I am more confident. I can really feel the changes.  So now it’s about being consistent and staying true to me. 

I also made a huge decision which was quite significant, I spoke to my line manager about my career choices,  I am letting go to some extent, my project management career goal which seems essentially unachievable, I am still applying and still trying to find ways to drive me forward but I have accepted it isn’t an overnight option for me.   I have put myself forward for career progression in store to store management and as soon as I did, so much hatred and anger lifted from my shoulders.

  It was as if making a decision and having the support of my managers gave me my career back,  Or my choices in my career back, like this isn’t where I have run too this is where I choose to be, I am good at it and I will thrive here, this is for me. 
I am excited for moving forward now and I can enjoy this journey whilst I still pave the way to achieving my goals, now that I have accepted it, now that I have control over it and now that I own it. 

Posted in Personal development

Who do I compare myself too? 

I read this question in one of those get to know yourself Pinterest questionnaires and it got me thinking, I do have one person who I compare many areas of my life too,  right or wrong I definitely have noticed that I consistently do it. 

My friend Sara is strong, she is persistent, focused, motivated (and motivating) beautiful, fun, sincere and supportive,  I find myself on many occasions looking to her behaviour and routines when judging my own.  

When I’m sulking and feeling sorry for myself I remind myself what she has faced and how she handles it with grace and gratitude,  when I’m struggling to get up and work out she is my consistent source of motivation,  we have been pacing each other for so long I know I let her down when I get slack. 

When I need someone to trust and confide in she is always ready to listen and pull me up or give me advise or just hear me.  

When I think about the kind of person, friend, leader I want to be it’s Sara who is the image of what I aim to be. 

I fall short in every aspect but that’s ok it gives me room for improvement and someone I want to aim to be more like.  I know you should just aim to be a better version of yourself but if I can be a little more like the person I look up to then I’ll be just that. 

Thanks beautiful lady for your daily inspiration. 

Posted in Personal development

My weekend realisation 

I have been a bit moody lately and I think being tired and run down has allowed me to loose focus on what matters and wallow in self pity. 🙄

 I am just at the end of 3 days off, I spent them studying, working out, meal prepping and cleaning house, but I also took some me time, sat out in the sunshine, went for a walk, watched a movie and had a coffee date with my husband, slept in a little and took a couple of nice long baths. 
 I feel refreshed, rejuvenated and refocused.  I have reset my goals, set myself some realistic short term achievements to go after and reset me.  

I am feeling pretty good and almost excited to get on with tomorrow. I have a plan to stop me sliding down that slippery slope again,  and a clear mind to start fresh. 

I have found my big rocks,  the things that matter to me, that will keep my on my path. 

I am excited, motivated and happy.  

I think I am me again.  

Posted in Stuff

When was the last time I tried something new 

I’m not sure if it is acceptable to include food,  but I’m going to because it was awesome!!! 

We went to a place Calle Mondaze just 10 min from home in Jimboomba and they have these amazing delicious so bad for you but so spectacular.. shakes.   

I had been following a friend on Facebook who posted a trip here and couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. So Paul and I went to try them out after a massive study day,  it was a nice afternoon date doing something a little different.  

They really are very special, mine was a peanut butter and jelly shake and Paul had a coffee supreme.  I’ve seen plenty of pics of these super shakes but now I have finally tried one.  They are amazing experience. 

I won’t make them a habit but they are a spectacular treat. 

Posted in Personal development

Just thoughts and frustrations 

It’s been a crazy few weeks,  assessments for my bachelor degree have dominated all my free time and work has been just insane.  I have had no time to worry about health, eating right, exercising or even getting sleep, things that matter to me have just gone right out the window.  It’s funny how easily we can just drop what is important to us long term for what seems so important right now.

  I have lost my calm and my focus and everything just feels like I’m spinning, just hoping for something to grab hold of to steady myself and redirect my focus.  

The crazy feeling hasn’t been helped by the recent weather events here in Queensland,  nothing has impacted myself, family or friends really directly but the aftermath is quite intense. Work has been crazy since the cyclone crossed the coast and today is quite seriously the first day of normality.  I know what those seriously affected are going through, I was there in the last floods it’s just horrific and the devastation to lives, homes and businesses just keeps coming at the moment.  For a company so big we fell quite hard in all this and rebuilding might take a week or so but customer confidence has plummeted, when you can’t provide people with the basics in their time of need it is not easily forgiven.  My sisters town is the last to receive the brunt of it now with their river peaking yesterday it’s quite devastating thinking all they could do was wait for the inevitable.

Rocky race track 

I am reassessing my choices and decisions and evaluating my options, trying to work through what is right for me.  I need to stop the madness at work,  I need to stop letting others manipulate what I know and get back to me! 

Its time to stop and breath, then It’s time to start moving forward again! 

Clear the mind, find the big rocks and stop sweating the small stuff.. 

I keep getting caught in the sand.